Credential Programs

Program Application

Admissions Update

For Fall 2021 admissions, the Education department is making a one-time exception for applicants to the credential programs regarding CBEST and CSET scores. Students may submit their applications for program admission without the CBEST and CSET scores, but the Education department advises students to pass their CBEST and CSET as soon as possible and submit their passing scores to the credential office. Once we get back to a sense of normalcy, the department will set a deadline date for all passing CBEST and CSET-score submissions. Once the new deadline date is set, students must submit passing CBEST and CSET scores in order to prevent holds on their program advancement.

Additionally, for Spring 2021 admissions, the Education department is making a one-time exception for applicants to the credential programs regarding the required 45 hours of Early Field Experience verification. Students must submit all verification hours that they have accumulated up to this point by the program-admission deadline, but per the Chancellor’s Office, will not be required to submit the entire 45 hours of early field experience.

Update on Examinations: CBEST, CSET, and RICA
Understanding that accessing examinations during the global pandemic this past year has been challenging, the Commission was presented plans to increase accessibility to examinations at the April 2021 Commission meeting. Such plans included offering to register and schedule the CBEST and RICA-Written in separate sections or subtests and offering online proctoring opportunities for these examinations and CSET: Multiple Subjects Subtests I and III and CSET: English Subtests I-IV. The section/subtest structure will provide additional test appointment opportunities at test centers throughout California and will include a new fee structure that will support candidates who need to retake sections of each examination. Also, at this meeting, the Commission took action to retire the paper-based option for CBEST—pending update to California Code of Regulations. Please access the Commission agenda item to read about all of these exciting updates to current examinations.

CBEST
The single administration model for the computer-based option of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) was retired on June 1, 2021. There are no changes to the paper-based option of the CBEST until the California Code of Regulations are updated.  

Effective June 7, 2021, the computer-based option of the CBEST will be administered as three separate sections. Registration is now available for test appointments under this model. Please visit the CBEST test landing page for more information regarding this new administration model for CBEST. Note that the content specifications covered by each section is not changing. 

RICA
The current single administration model of the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Written examination will be retired as of July 25, 2021. 

Effective July 26, 2021, candidates will have the option to take the RICA-Written as three separate subtests. Beginning July 20, 2021, candidates can register for test appointments on or after July 26, 2021. For more information regarding the new subtest structure of the RICA, including what content specification domains will be covered by each subtest can be found on the RICA test landing page 

Please see the California Educator Credentialing Assessments website for additional information.

How to Apply to the Cal Poly Pomona Credential Program

Postbaccalaureate Candidates must review the Program Admission Checklist and submit a university application as post baccalaureate student seeking a teaching credential program online.

Undergraduate ITEP Candidates must review the ITEP Program Admission Checklist.

All Candidates must submit a program application and be prepared to submit the following items:

  1. Verification of early field experience hours: Early Field Verification Form

  2. Certificate of Clearance document granted by the California Commissions on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) must be submitted as part of the program admissions process.  A California Teaching Credential or Emergency Permit may be submitted in lieu of the Certificate of Clearance.  The issuance date must not exceed 5 years.  A copy of your document can be downloaded and printed online within 60 days of your application submission from the CTC website.  Please refer to the button at the bottom of the page. Any further questions may be answered by emailing the Commission Information Services Unit.

  3. Basic Skills Requirement: CBEST passing scores OR Verification of state approved options for meeting the basic skills requirement.
  4. Subject Matter Competency: Subject Matter Competency can be verified by passing the appropriate CSET at the California Educator Credentialing Assessment site (score results remain valid for 10 years from the time each subtest is passed) or by completing prescribed coursework. Students choosing the prescribed coursework option may petition for admission if 80% of prescribed coursework is complete. Access the 'Prepare page' from California Educator Credentialing Assessment site to find study guides, practice test questions, score scales, computer-based testing tutorials and more.

  5. TB Clearance: TB clearance must be provided by a medical professional and remain valid throughout clinical practice.

  6. Statement of Purpose: Complete details are located on the program application

  7. Statement of Exceptional Admission: If your overall GPA falls below 2.67 or if your last 60 semester or 90 quarter units are below 2.75. Complete details are located on the program application

  8. The name and email address of a university or college professor who has been your instructor.

  9. The name and email address of a professional who has directly observed your work/interactions with youth for a minimum of 20 hours in a TK-12 setting.

  10. A copy of your Student Program Plansigned by your faculty advisor in the Education Department. Candidates must make arrangements with their faculty advisor to complete the Student Program Plan.

  11. Education Specialist candidates must attend an Education Specialist Orientation. Visit the Orientation page to view dates/times/locations.

  12. Verification of your $25 Credential Evaluation fee made via Bronco Direct or the Cashier's Office.

Finally, all post-baccalaureate candidates are required to participate in a group interview and on-demand writing sample. Candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews after submitting program applications. Program interviews remain valid for one year.

Additional information: 

Bilingual Authorization (BL) Candidates: All BL candidates must schedule an interview with the Bilingual Programs Coordinator. All interviews must be completed prior to the application deadline and additional BL items must be submitted at the time of the BL interview. Please arrange your items and schedule your interview accordingly. Program interviews remain valid for one year. 

Out-of-Country Graduates: All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a CTC approved transcript evaluation agency. Original (sealed) copies of the evaluated transcripts must be submitted to the Credential Analyst with program application documents. Please refer to the CTC website button at the bottom of this page for regulations pertaining to foreign transcript evaluation and verification.